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Hi Jenny-Lynn!

Arterial venous malformation (AVM) of the uterus is an uncommon condition diagnosed in those with severe vaginal bleeding. There are two types of uterine AVM: acquired and congenital. Acquired uterine AVMs are conformed by communications between the uterine arteries and the myometrial veins, and are caused by an iatrogenic event or a pathological condition. Congenital AVMs are the result of abnormal development of vessels that result in connections between pelvic arteries and veins in the uterus without an interconnecting capillary bed.

With a hysteroscopy complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. Complications include:

Swelling or bleeding
Organ injury
Reaction to anesthesia

Please contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Abnormal bleeding (more than a menstrual period)
Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Abdominal pain***
Nausea, vomiting
Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, or chest pain
Trouble urinating
Any other concerns

Please contact your doctor and keep us updated,


October 28, 2011 - 2:48am


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